2013 GFOA scholarships awarded
The GFOA Scholarship Committee met recently to award the 2013 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in state and local government. Congratulations to all the recipients.
The recipient of the $10,000 Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship is Jessica Ann DeMory, who graduated in May 2013 with a Master’s degree in public administration with a specialization in fiscal administration from Northern Illinois University.
- Jessica Ann DeMory currently works as an administrative intern for the Village of Schaumburg, Illinois, where she has been directing implementation of a municipal electric aggregation program for 38,000 residents. Throughout the process she has been facilitating public information sessions, drafting a plan of operations and governance, and developing a program budget with the finance director. While at Northern Illinois University, DeMory was Vice President of the Public Administration Student Association. She previously served as a conference committee volunteer for the Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants in 2011. She is a Spotlight Member and Edwin O. Stene Academic Scholar from the International City/County Management Association and received both the Rhoten A. Smith Fellowship and David and Catherine Arnold fellowship from Northern Illinois University. Her career plan is to become a finance director in a local government, implementing fiscal policies that promote financial stability and providing beneficial public programs at a lower cost.
Funded by the Girard Miller Foundation
The recipient of the $5,000 Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is Oliver Enrique Rodriguez, who is pursuing his Master’s degree in public administration at California State University in San Bernardino, California.
- Oliver Enrique Rodriguez will graduate in the spring of 2014. He previously held a national internship in Washington D.C. where he worked directly with the Organization of Chinese Americans, conducting research on closing the educational achievement gap and how public funds should be utilized for specific, mission-driven services. For his work Rodriguez received the Robert T. Matsui Pioneer for Public Service Award. He currently has been accepted for an international study abroad program in Seoul, South Korea, to learn about international city and public financial management. Rodriguez will complete his graduate research on his proposal “The Discourse of Budgeting and Utilization for Supplemental Educational Services (Public Funds).” Upon graduation, he will pursue a position as a budget analyst for the City of San Bernardino.
Funded by Siemens
The two recipients of the Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship are Maame Abena Andam and Siddharth Joshi. Each recipient receives a $5,000 award.
- Maame Abena Andam will graduate in June 2014 with a Master’s degree in business administration with a management accounting specialization from McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business, in Burlington, Ontario. Andam served as Financial Coordinator, Co-op, for the Financial Planning and Policy division of the City of Hamilton, Ontario. In that position she developed a new budget model for the City to better estimate the budgeted rate revenues for water and wastewater services. Andam also researched proposals on how to better align the City’s water and wastewater user fees with the actual costs incurred to provide those services. Her career goal is to become a Certified Management Accountant and work within the municipal government as a policy analyst. Andam currently volunteers with the children’s ministry at Living Hope in Hamilton, Ontario.
- Siddharth Joshi will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration in June 2013 from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Joshi is Finance Intern at BC Hydro, British Columbia’s electric utility, in Vancouver. His responsibilities include generating load forecasts based on statistical models for revenue forecasting and resource planning; analyzing projected production and capital expenditures of oil and gas producers in the Montney gas play; and researching industry developments to create a natural gas database with long-term forecasts for energy planning. Joshi’s immediate career goal is to work in financial analysis and reporting at the provincial level for a top crown corporation such as BC Hydro where customers also are the owners.
Funded by the Government Finance Officers Association
The four recipients of the Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship are Erica R. Bryant, Amanda Fladland, Julie Kolp, and Lisa L. Young. Each recipient receives a $5,000 award.
- Erica R. Bryant will graduate in December 2013 with a Master’s degree in business administration from Louisiana State University – Shreveport. Bryant is currently the Director of Finance and Human Resources for the Caddo Parish Commission in Caddo, Louisiana. She is a CPA and CPFO. She has participated in GFOA’s annual conference and Advanced Government Finance Institute. Bryant serves as the President of the Caddo-Bossier Port Commission and serves on the boards of the Louisiana Asset Management Pool and the Caddo Community Action Agency. She is active in the Louisiana GFOA where she has served as President, Vice President, and Treasurer. It is her goal to increase the effectiveness and efficiency in the financial operations of Caddo Parish.
- Amanda Fladland will graduate in October 2013 with a Master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on finance and accounting from Regis University in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Fladland currently is Senior Accountant for the City of Centennial, Colorado, where she is involved with preparation of the budget document and the administration of all grants. Some of her current projects include creating a master document of finance procedures and researching accounting system modules and reporting systems that will streamline finance processes. Fladland would like to obtain the role of Accounting Manager for the City with the ultimate goal of becoming Chief Financial Officer.
- Julie Kolp will graduate in December 2014 with a Master’s degree in business administration from Ottawa University in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Kolp is the current Finance Director for Dodge County, Wisconsin. She is a GFOA member and serves as a reviewer for GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program. She attended her first GFOA conference in 2012. Kolp’s career goals include creating and submitting Dodge County’s budget for award to GFOA and converting Dodge County’s annual financial statement to a comprehensive annual financial report and submitting it for review to GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Annual Financial Reports. Her personal goals include presenting at GFOA’s annual conference and becoming a CPFO.
- Lisa L. Young will graduate in June 2014 with a Master’s degree in business administration from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Young is the Director of Finance and Administration for the City of Sisters, Oregon. Her department prepares the annual budget, the annual financial statement, and five-year capital improvement plans and oversees activities of human resource, IT, all insurance policies, and risk management functions. Young’s career goal is to become City Manager.
Funded by the Government Finance Officers Association
Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship
Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship
Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship
Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship